Monday, January 11, 2010

Update on the Statue of Dr Burbank

January 13, 2010 UPDATE
Wes and Mike did a FAB job reporting on Dr Burbank's dedication! - CLICK HERE

And here's the local news article:

Statue without limitations

Guests look at statue of Dr. David Burbank during official unveiling at Five Points in Burbank on Tuesday. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Artistic take on David Burbank now stands 12 feet tall at Five Points.

By Christopher Cadelago
Published: Last Updated Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:07 PM PST
Burbank Leader

Dr. David Burbank, a dentist and sheep rancher whose name lives on in the city for which he was named, was recognized Tuesday at Five Points with a statue in his likeness, capping months of anticipation and transforming the busy corner into a grassy lookout.

City executives Tuesday dedicated the 12-foot-tall statue along with a time capsule and plaques recognizing Burbank’s sister cities in an upbeat ceremony at 1075 West Burbank Blvd.

Children looked on from the shoulders of their parents at the 50-foot-tall pole bearing a flapping American flag as the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines presented the colors.

“I cannot think of a better use or better day to dedicate it,” City Manager Mike Flad said, thanking a host of dignitaries before circling back to officials who made the land public in perpetuity. “You don’t see this project but for the wisdom of the City Council.”

City Council members had approved the gateway public art project and appropriated $365,000 for the statue, with another $300,000 for site improvements at Five Points, according to city reports.

Hand-fabricated in Italy by Andrea Favilli, the bronze sculpture depicts Burbank standing atop a large pedestal and features images associated with the city’s transportation- and media-related history.

“Believe it or not, there’s very little out there about David Burbank,” Favilli told a group after the unveiling. “That’s why we did this.”

Born Dec. 17, 1821, in Effingham, N.H., Burbank moved to California in 1853. He rose to prominence after buying nearly 10,000 acres of Southern California land and overseeing one of the largest sheep farms. Two years before his death in 1895, he opened the Burbank Theatre on South Main Street in Los Angeles.

The city was later named in his honor.

Standing below the sculpture, Mayor Gary Bric said the representation instantly would be among the city’s most recognizable pieces of public art.

“You can’t miss it,” Bric said.

On the heels of digging up a 50-year-old time capsule buried below the Magnolia Boulevard Bridge, officials Monday dedicated a capsule containing letters from council members, drawings from schoolchildren and photographs of notable architecture.

Area business owners as part of the weeklong celebration scheduled an open-boulevard event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Burbank Boulevard Merchants Assn., the event will include information on the city’s history and other family-oriented activities.

Bric also presided over the dedication of plaques to sister cities Solna, Sweden; Incheon, Korea; Gaborone, Botswana; and Ota, Japan.

The commemorative inscriptions surround the statue and speak to the city’s global influence, officials said.

Following the successful transfer of the sculpture to American soil, the project hit its share of snags, said Chris Daste, director of the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department.

Favilli in October received notice from the California Board of Equalization regarding an additional $5,842 “use tax.”

A spending package totaling about $15,000, which includes an additional $9,400 for structural work, is expected to return to the council in the coming months after it was tabled last week.

Officials have also brushed off repeated criticism that the statue bears little resemblance to David Burbank, maintaining that it is meant to serve as an artistic representation rather than a photographic image.

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However, not everybody is happy with all this...

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Cathy (Nicholls) Coyle sent a couple of more pics of the new statue of Dr. Burbank below. To read previous post, please CLICK HERE. Thanks Cathy!

Hey CP: Drove by the Dr. David Burbank statue yesterday. Took a photo of what it looks with the green screens still surrounding it before the big dedication tomorrow. I cropped the photo futher so you could see the designs on the pedestal underneath Dr. Burbank. Looks pretty neat! Don't think we will be going to the dedication but I will take another photo when we pass by again another day!
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